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  • Funky Kato's first solo live to be at Nippon Budokan

    January 17, 2014 @ 1:05 am

    It's been revealed that Funky Kato's first one-man live after his solo debut will be on September 19th and 20th at Nippon Budokan.  When he first made his debut as FUNKY MONKEY BABYS, Funky Kato saw Nippon Budokan as his "dream stage". He made that dream come true when the group performed at the venue for the first time in 2009. This time, he has chosen Nippon Budokan to hold his first one-man live as a soloist. More details on this live will be

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  • Fukuhara Miho to release a best-of album

    January 17, 2014 @ 1:01 am

    It's been announced that Fukuhara Miho will be releasing her best-of album "A Gift for You" on March 26th.  Fukuhara will put a stop to her activities after the live event 'billboard classics: Fukuhara Miho Special Classic Concert 2014' on February 11th at Festival Hall in Osaka, and her first best-of album will come as a 2-disc set containing a total of 25 songs. It will feature songs released since her debut "CHANGE" that she ch

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  • HKT48 breaks Guinness World Records

    January 17, 2014 @ 1:00 am

    Idol group HKT48 was selected as the "5th Aomori Apple Queen", and 6 of the members including Sashihara Rino (21) and Ota Aika (19) attended the "Aomori Apple Fan Thanksgiving Festival" on January 16. The group, along with 303 of their fans, dressed up in apple cosplay and broke the Guinness World Records. The record "Largest gathering of people dressed as fruits in one place", previously set with 292 people in English last June, was broken

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  • 'The 37th Japan Academy Prize' nominees announced

    January 17, 2014 @ 12:57 am

    Actress Kiki Kirin and actor Nishida Toshiyuki attended the press conference for 'The 37th Japan Academy Prize' (aka Japan Academy Awards) as main MCs for the ceremony on January 16. The movies "The Devil's Path", "A Boy Called H", "Like Father, Like Son", "Tokyo Family", "The Great Passage", and "Ask This of Rikyu" have been nominated for the Picture of the Year. The Awards include any paid admission film over 40 minutes that

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  • Hospital protests against airing of Ashida Mana's new drama

    January 17, 2014 @ 12:53 am

    Jikei Hospital in Kumamoto City has requested for Ashida Mana (9)'s new NTV drama "Ashita, Mama ga Inai", which began airing on January 15 (Wednesdays 10pm), to be removed from broadcast, accusing the drama of "portraying children and social workers in orphanages incorrectly, infringing upon human rights". The drama is centered upon a group of children who live in an orphanage and how they seek maternal love among the adults who look after them. 

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 01/08~01/14

    January 16, 2014 @ 6:56 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of January 8th to January 14th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Zutto feat. HAN-KUN & TEE" - SPICY CHOCOLATE 02 - "let go again feat.VERBAL(m-flo)" - Flower 03 - "Merry-go-round" - 2PM 04 - "Yorokobi no Uta" - Yuzu 05 - "Fuyumonogatari" - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 06

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  • Kasai Tomomi holds a release event for her 3rd single

    January 16, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

    On January 15th, Kasai Tomomi held a release event for her 3rd solo single "Kietaikurai" at Ikebukuro Sunshine City Fountain Plaza.  At the event, Kasai held a mini-live and handed out special favors to her fans. She fascinated the crowd of 750 people by singing her 2nd single "Mine", its coupling track "Boku no Summertime blues", her new song "Kietaikurai", and "Touch Me!" which is a song she wrote herself. During the MC, Kasai mentioned Ohori

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  • Full Tracklist Revealed for Arashi's New Single 'Bittersweet'

    January 16, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

    The full track list for the regular edition of Arashi's upcoming single "Bittersweet" has been revealed. The two additional tracks are titled "Sync" and "Motto, ima yori". The regular edition of "Bittersweet" will contain a total of 8 tracks including "Bittersweet", the theme song to Matsumoto Jun's drama "Shitsuren Chocolatier", "Road to Glory", the 2014 Sochi Olympics theme song for NTV, the two new tracks, as well as the karaoke version of the

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  • Kis-My-Ft2's new single to be released in March

    January 16, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

    It was announced that the release date for Kis-My-Ft2's 10th single "Hikari no Signal" will be released on March 5. As we reported previously, the title track has been chosen as the theme song to the movie "Doraemon New Nobita's Great Demon Haunt ~Peko the Adventure Squad of Five~" set to premiere on March 8. Kis-My-Ft2 member Tamamori Yuta commented that, "Doraemon is a popular anime that has been around since way before we were born a

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  • Check out aiko's short PV for 'Kimi no Tonari'

    January 16, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

    The short PV for aiko's new single "Kimi no Tonari" has been revealed through her official YouTube channel.  "Kimi no Tonari" is currently being used as the CM song for Lotte's 'Ghana Milk Chocolate'. The PV was directed by Usui Hiroshi, and it features various scenes of the singer. In one scene, she is wearing braids and singing dynamically with band members. In another, she is surrounded by nature. The outdoor scene was shot in -5℃ weather at

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